Is lentil soup Mediterranean diet?

Lentils: a Mediterranean diet staple

And because they are made of up over 25% protein, lentils are an excellent meat alternative. I love that lentils are fast-cooking and can be used in many ways–salads, soups, and even vegan sauces (black lentils make a great substitute for meat in my vegetarian moussaka!)

Do you have to soak lentils before making soup?

The other good news: Lentils don’t need to soak as beans do (though you do need to sort and rinse them before cooking). Some, like red lentils, dissolve as they cook and make for a smooth soup. Others, such as green and brown lentils, hold their shape and make a soup with more texture.

Can you make lentil soup from green lentils?

Here’s a green lentil soup with a Mediterranean twist. Packed with vegetables and spices, this recipe proves that healthy soups don’t have to be bland! We have many hearty soup recipes on this blog.

Can I use green lentils instead of red in soup?

You can use most types of lentils for this recipe – brown, green, red or yellow, though it will affect the colour of the soup.

What color of lentils are healthiest?

Black Lentils

They take approximately 25 minutes to cook and are the most nutritious variety of lentils. One half cup of uncooked black lentils provides 26g protein, 18g fiber, 100mg calcium, 8mg iron, and 960mg potassium, according to the USDA.

Why has my lentil soup turned red?

As the veggies hit the boiling water, volatile acids are released into the water and are carried away in the steam. When the pot is covered, the steam and the acids it contains are forced back into the water. Once there, the acids react with the chlorophyll in the vegetables, turning them an unsightly shade of brown.

Why has my leek and potato soup gone brown?

This is because of an enzyme contained in potatoes called polyphenol oxidase. As the enzyme interacts with air, the potato oxidizes and turns brown. You may not notice this when potatoes are quickly placed in hot water or on a hot cooking surface, as the heat deactivates the enzyme, which prevents the browning.

Can red lentils go off?

Properly stored, dried lentils will generally stay at best quality for about 2 to 3 years at normal room temperature, although they will usually remain safe to use after that. To maximize the shelf life of dried lentils, keep the package tightly closed at all times.

How do you tell if lentils are cooked?

Lentils are cooked as soon as they are tender and no longer crunchy. Older lentils may take longer to cook and shed their outer skins as they cook. Strain the lentils and remove the bay leaf, if used. Return the lentils to the pan and stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Why lentils are bad for you?

Like other legumes, raw lentils contain a type of protein called lectin that, unlike other proteins, binds to your digestive tract, resulting in a variety of toxic reactions, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Yikes. Luckily, lectins are heat sensitive, and break down into more digestible components when they’re cooked!

What happens if you dont rinse lentils?

So not having washed them won’t be a problem. The potential problem is if you didn’t inspect them. Bean plants grow in the ground, so gathering them can sometimes pick up small stones that get into the beans. You inspect and wash beans and lentils to find and remove such stones.

Are undercooked lentils dangerous?

The simple answer is yes, undercooked or raw lentils are harmful to the human body. When lentils are raw, they contain lectin protein that sticks to the digestive tract and results in various unpleasant reactions. As a result of this, lentils should always be fully cooked, never crunchy.